February 4, 2011

Brown Women’s Hoops Falls to Columbia 72-49

New York, NY – Led by Melissa Shafer's 17 points, the Columbia University women's basketball team (4-15, 3-2 Ivy) rolled to a 72-49 victory over the visiting Brown University Bears on Friday night at Levien Gymnasium. Junior co-captain Aileen Daniels led the Bears in scoring tonight with 12 points and five rebounds, as Brown drops to 4-15 overall and fall to 0-5 in the Ivy League.

Columbia's Kathleen Barry netted three of her team's eight treys as the Lions forced Brown into 13 first-half turnovers to gain as much as an 11-point lead in the first 20 minutes of play. But with the help of Lindsay Nickel and Sheila Dixon's combined 13 points, as well as a commanding 25-13 lead on the boards, the Bears were able to cut their deficit to five to head into the locker room at half within striking distance, 34-29.

The Bears got off to a slow start to begin the second half, as Columbia went on a 16-4 run in the first 10 minutes of the half. Melissa Shafer hit her third trey of the half to lead the Lions to a 55-37 advantage with seven minutes left in the game. Lauren Clarke drained a three and Nickel followed with a layup to cut Brown's deficit to 15 with five minutes to go.

But the Lions pushed their lead back up to 19 with 3:18 on the clock and the Bears would not come any closer to eventually fall, 72-49. The Lions shot 40 percent from the field and connected on 15 of 33 shots from beyond the arc (46 percent) as four players scored in double-figures for the Lions.

Brown's Daniels led the offense going 4-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from the three to tally 12 points, as Nickel finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Brown shot 32 percent from the field and went just 5-of-20 from the three. Brown out-rebounded the Lions 45-37, but the Lions forced the Bears into 25 turnovers for the game.

Shafer went 6-for-15 from the field and nailed five treys to lead the Columbia offense with 17 points, while Lauren Dwyer knocked in 14 and Courtney Bradford added 13. 

The Bears will travel to Ithaca to challenge the Cornell Big Red tomorrow at 7 p.m.